• Why we count

Grant Helps Connect App Users to Community Resources

  • Kimberly Isburg
  • 04.08.21

At Count the Kicks, not only do we want every baby to have a healthy birth day. We also want expectant parents to have the support and resources they need to navigate their pregnancy journey. Thanks to a planning grant through Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, in 2020 we were able to create a new tool on the Count the Kicks app to better serve expectant parents in Central Iowa.

The new tool connects app users with the resources they need to navigate their pregnancy journey. Partnering with Iowa ACEs 360 and EveryStep, we created a survey for Iowa Count the Kicks app users that appears after their second kick counting session.

This survey asks questions about an app user’s support system, as well as their mental and physical health. It also connects them to resources available through the Iowa Family Support Network to learn more about options available to them during this time.

The IFSN website is a resource directory providing care and support referral  to Iowa’s families and children. Parents can find assistance for anything from access to group-based services, to family support, food pantries and mental health services. 

We are grateful to our partners for their help in connecting our app users with critical resources to support their mental and physical health. Thanks to the funding from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, we were also able to produce a video helping to educate expectant parents about this new resource available to them in the Count the Kicks App.

In this video, Breanne Ward, CRC, LMHC, discusses how Iowa app users can connect with resources available in their community and why it’s an important part of having a healthy pregnancy. 

We are grateful to Mid-Iowa Health Foundation for their support of our mission to save babies and for making sure that expectant parents can be connected with the resources and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy!

Founded in 1984, Mid-Iowa Health foundation aims to strengthen health in greater Des Moines, Iowa. Their vision is to serve as a catalyst and partner for improving the health of vulnerable people in greater Des Moines. Learn more. 


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